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  1. says:

    While I was reading this, I kept going back to my Goodreads account and looking at the reviews, perplexed, but coaxed to keep reading I finally came to the conclusion that this is one of those books that appealed to most, but not to me Dominika is a training to be a Red Sparrow, a Russian female seductress agent, and she also has the gift of synthesia, or seeing colors in an aura around people that reflects their spirit, a mood ring sort of thing Promising Where the author lost me is the sexual content which I found ridiculous I am not a prude, I even enjoy a titillating sex scene of many variations Dominika masturbates with her grandmother s amber hairbrush, and then there is a recipe for Beet Soup Dominika has a lesbian sex encounter at Sparrow School and here s a recipe for a Cuban Sandwich from the airport Dominika has a fake orgasm worth of When Harry Met Sally and we can make crepes I may have some of the recipes out of sequel, but you get the idea Each chapter is followed by a recipe And the women have sex like blow up dolls I even went back to the reviews thinking, oh, I bet women readers did not go for this, but they did I could find no glaring trends to support my own conclusions Just my own lonely opinion that this is ridiculous from my own female point of view So, I say skip it and read a Ludlum or Le Carre There you will find sex and substance.A copy of this was provided by the publisher.


  2. says:

    A recipie for Red Sparrow 1 cup of Cold War 2 tablespoons of espionage 5 cubes of chopped suspense In a sauce pan in simmer a handful of double agents and several pinches of government secrets After 15 minutes, slowly stir in the Cold War, espionage, and suspense After it thickens, pour in to a baking dish, sprinkle traitorous crumbs over the top and bake for 1 hour Serve with a side of sex and a glass of revenge.I thought this book was fantastic It is not an action packed spy thriller It is of a cat and mouse chess match The suspense and stakes are high throughout and it kept me guessing I don t think there was a second I wasn t on the edge of my seat If you love spy thrillers, cold war drama, and anything else of that ilk, this is definitely the book for you


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    Random thoughts So happy that I persevered to the end, considering that nothing actually happened Not a damn thing that wasn t predictable or contrived CIA, FBI, Russian FSB, espionage, red sparrows Russian secret agents who learn the fine art of seduction and sex, ubiquitous food recipes why , double agents, a lot of spy speak, and countless acronyms Additionally, our protagonist Dominika is a synesthete the ability to see auras depicted as colours which to me is a very interesting concept except, sadly, Matthews never fully utilised this plot device in any meaningful manner.That said, I reckon the movie will condense the repetitive narrative while ramping up the action sequences My advice Wait for the movie and skip the book


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    Instagram Twitter Facebook PinterestDNF 72% When I saw the trailer for Red Sparrow 2018 , I almost guffawed because as I watched, I could almost hear T.T.L s Deep Shadow playing in the background it looked just like another Hunger Games trailer if the Capitol got a major downgrade and President Snow became Evol Russian Jeremy Irons Still, I was intrigued because the idea of a Memoirs of a Geisha esque rags to riches spy romance with sex, scandal, and espionage called out to my trash heart and said, Nenia Nenia This book is for youuuuu Because, you know, I have to read the book first.Now that I ve read the book, I m no longer sure I want to watch the movie RED SPARROW is a bad book When women say that men can t write convincing female characters, this is the type of book that they are talking about you know that infamous breasted boobily meme Dominika is devoid of personality She s a beautiful ball busting hard ass who s good at sex and has a temper and that s about the extent of her personality sex, rage, snark.Oh, and speaking of sex, this book has one of the most bizarre sex scenes I ve ever read The heroine masturbates with the handle of her hairbrush, and it s pretty gross how it s described o_O WARNING SPOILERS, SPOILERS EVERYWHERE Dominika starts off the book as a beautiful ballerina but her classmates are jealous and injure her foot on purpose This is where the first character inconsistency rears its head because we re told that Dominika is violent, temperamental, and vengeful, and yet when she has the power to destroy the two classmates who injured her, she does nothing NOTHING She just takes it like a b tch.Now that her career is at an end, she basically is stuck living at home with her parents But then her father dies and it s just her and her mother, who have nothing, and that s when her evol uncle comes in and says, Hey, Dominika, looking hot, hey wanna do a favor for me Favor is spelled H O N E Y T R A P, by the way, and hey, what a good looking apartment this is IT WOULD BE A SHAME IF SOMETHING HAPPENED TO IT So Dominika agrees to sleep with this rich Russian tycoon, only to see him assassinated before her very eyes and be dragged back before her uncle.Her uncle, in case you haven t figured it out by now, is a Soviet Spy type who s in cahoots with Putin, King Evol himself So he tells Dominika, Hey, thanks for the favor, niece, you ll keep your mouth shut and say nothing of this to no one, right And oh, it would be a shame if you made me mad and something happened to you and your hot bod So of course, Dominika agrees to be his spy, and after completing her basic training where she is almost raped by one of her classmates and treats him to an eye gouging with a shower spigot , he sends her to Sparrow School, or what Dominika affectionately calls Whore School and what I have termed Honeytrap Academy, LLC.At Honeytrap Academy, women are turned into sex spies by watching nightly porn videos and observing live models go at it, and then having sex with men that the Academy just so happens to have lying around while their spymasters videotape it and then the videos are played back in front of the whole class while their spymaster teachers offer up critiques One of the girls isn t into this at all and comes to Dominika of all people for comfort, which turns out to be the pretext for an exploitative, fetishy lesbian love scene where the hairbrush once makes an appearance o_O In the video trailer, I noticed that the school is co ed In the book they are separate and the boys go to something called Raven School and seem proud of their work, and not at all ashamed gross.After Dominika graduates from Honeytrap Academy she gets sent out to spy and of course all of her new coworkers do nothing but make comments about her body and ridicule her for going to Whore School This is LITERALLY all the interaction she has with the dudes in her book Slut shaming.She ends up getting this dude named Nate to spy on who works for the Americans and is involved with a really deeply entrenched Russian spy called MARBLE Her creepy spymasters keep pressuring her to sleep with him as they do with all her other targets, because that s all she s good for , but oh no, she gets kind of close to Nate and for some reason decides to out herself and defect, and then she and Nate are in love and fighting against the evol Russian spiez, dun dun dun.That s about the time that I stopped reading.The plot literally sounds like a bodice ripper and since I like bodice rippers you would think that I d be all over RED SPARROW like white on rice but I couldn t get over Dominika s utter lack of agency and the way she s objectified by every man in the book, or the fact that Nate kind of feels like a self insert of the author and even kind of sounds like a younger version of him based on that author photo I saw on Goodreads Heinlein s books gave me that vibe, and I got a similar vibe with this book, and maybe that s me reading too much into it, but I didn t like it It felt weirdly voyeuristic.Also, these sex scenes are 80s bodice ripper bad Check it out Dominika felt a sudden, excruciatingly sweet expansion, and the moonlight was rocketing around behind her eyelids, and she hoped he could keep her heaving body from blowing away like a piece of paper She felt the hollow rush expand inside her, and then a rogue wave rose up from the deep, bigger than the others, hanging, curling, and she said, Bozhe moj, from way back in her throat, and a white eyed state of grace rolled through her like the wind bends a wheat field 224.Not to make this a gender thing I m totally making this a gender thing but how come bad sex scenes are ONLY called out when women do them This is just as bad or worse as FIFTY SHADES OF GREY, and yet the dudes who are so quick to bash romance are awfully silent on this quarter You could even argue that the hairbrush scene is almost as bad as the tampon scene, just as phallic.Also, two WTF things about this book Food plays a heavy role Each chapter mentions some kind of food and then there s a recipe for the dish at the end of each chapter The first time it happened, I was like, Oh, what s this And then it kept happening Every chapter, new recipe That s something I d expect from a cozy mystery and not a dudelit spy thriller.The second WTF thing about this book is that Dominika has synesthesia music and words make colors, which helps her memory this is actually true, because you do remember things better when they are encoded in multiple pathways with multiple associations and at first I thought that was neat, but the author USES HER SYNESTHESIA AS A PRETEXT TO GIVE HER PSYCHIC POWERS That s right Dominika is a synesthete who can read goddamn auras That s right She sees colors around people s heads that indicate their moods Which ties into the title, I think, because not only does Red mean communist, for her red means anger she is a furious little sparrow.An angry bird, if you will.Funnily enough, I ve been told that the psychic powers bit was omitted from the movie I wonder why.RED SPARROW is an awful, awful book It s like someone decided to cross THE HUNGER GAMES with THE DA VINCI CODE, but also wanted to add a lot of weird sex and power games, with a dash of The Americans and some X Meny stuff too, because why the hell not The beginning was interesting in a trashy read sort of way, but then the book got dull with the spy lingo and kept finding sharks to jump over and I decided I was done Why this is popular, I have no idea.I leave you with this meme


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    Maybe we Americans were just a little bit hasty when we said that we won the Cold War Cause it s seeming and like that we were really just leading at halftime Modern Russia with Vladimer Putin running the show is essentially the Soviet Union with a better public relations department, and the old spy games between their Foreign Intelligence Service and the American Central Intelligence Agency are back with a vengeance Young and ambitious CIA officer Nate Nash is the Moscow handler of a highly placed Russian code named MARBLE When a planned meeting goes sideways Nash manages to save his asset, but he blows his own cover so badly in the process that he s exiled to Helsinki where he sulks about the setback his career has suffered Russian intelligence knows it has a leak and is desperate to find it so they send junior agent Dominika Egorova to see if she can pry loose the name of the mole from Nash.Dominika was a talented ballerina as well as a true believer in the new Russia She is also secretly a synesthete who sees sound as colors as well as auras around people that clue her into their mental state When her dancing career was derailed she is sucked into the spy business by her uncle who promises her position but really sees her as just a beautiful woman that he can whore out for his own purposes Despite how her uncle uses her and the bureaucracy that thinks she only has value on her back, Dominika manages to earn a place in the intelligence service with her brains and will as she nurses hidden grudges at the way the system has treated her After Nate and Dominika meet, a delicate dance of manipulation begins, but who is recruiting who I m a big fan of FX s The Americans as well as currently being surrounded by a bunch of Russian consultants at the office I m convinced they must be secret agents running honeypot operations because there s just no way that many good looking people are a representative sample of the Russian population Or I m just jealous that they re making us American office drones look like jeans wearing mole people by comparison Seriously, if the Cold War is really kicking off again, I m putting my money on them The point is that I was in the mood for a good spy vs spy novel, and this one delivered It won the 2014 Edgar Award for best first novel, and the author Jason Matthews is reportedly a former CIA officer who had over 30 years of service The book is filled with the kind of details about spy operations that just feel authentic, but it never devolves into a Tom Clancy style recitation of hardware and proper procedures because it s got plenty of human drama as well.Dominika is the engine that runs the rest of the book She s an intriguing character because of the anger and frustration she feels as someone who just wants to be permitted to do her job but is constantly used and humiliated by brutal men of limited imagination The only false note to her is that it feels like Matthews wrote her synesthesia as giving her almost telepathic abilities when it comes to reading people Why couldn t she just be smart and institutive instead of using a neurological disorder as a way of making her special It s becoming an overused fictional trope these days.Another minor nitpick is that Matthews uses a gimmick of having the characters constantly eating or preparing food and then putting the recipe for what they had at the end of a chapter This was kind of a neat touch at first, but after a while it felt like he was really straining to find new dishes to shoehorn into the action Also, This spoiler does not give away the ending but does involve a major character introduced halfway through the book view spoiler I initially enjoyed the female American senator character who sells secrets to the Russians She s a complete narcissist who is so self involved and annoyed at any potential inconveniences that she refuses to take the most basic security precautions This seemed like the kind of motivation you might find in a traitor in the age of Facebook However, after a while with her relentlessly bashing the US intelligence agencies at every opportunity it left me wondering if Matthews suffered at the hands of some politicians during his career and was getting a bit of fictional revenge by portraying such a character as a villain completely devoid of conscience What started as interesting became an over the top cartoon hide spoiler


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    This is the first in the Red Sparrow trilogy of which a film with Jennifer Lawrence is set to be released in 2018 Jason Matthews brings all his experience of being a spy with the CIA to bear in this well plotted espionage thriller His descriptions of the workings of the American and Russian intelligence agencies bear all the hallmarks of the politics, paranoia, intrigue, quandries and motivations that shape the organisations Set in the contemporary world of Putin s Russia, Matthews portrays the world of spies that suggest the Cold War may well be over, but it is business as usual, and in practice so little has changed, although Putin s PR spin is significantly slicker Dominika Ergova is a synesthete who has had her career as a ballerina trashed, and thanks to the machinations and exploitation by her uncle ends up as a struggling state intelligence officer pushed into becoming a trained sparrow, a spy who seduces.Nathanial Nate Nash is a CIA operative and handler of a major Russian asset, MARBLE, when everything goes wrong He manages to save the asset, but not himself as he ends up in Helsinki bemoaning the stalling of his career ambitions The Russians are determined to find the mole, and use Dominika for that purpose Dominika is seething mass of rage and resentment over the limited visions and brutality of the men who have power over her She is than capable of independent thinking, and is no biddable and easily controlled woman Nate and Dominika end up having a sexual affair which seems to have little future This is a story of sex, betrayal, deception, double dealing, and a myriad of twists as the American and Russian spy agencies, erstwhile enemies, go up against each other in their efforts to find the moles in their own sides Each chapter ends with a recipe The biggest weakness of the novel is Matthews portrayal of the American and Russian sides as too black and white, with the Americans as the good guys and the Russians as evil Otherwise, it is a great espionage read that is tense, gripping and compelling I am really looking forward to seeing the movie Many thanks to Simon and Schuster for an ARC.


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    With all the hype this series has received, I thought it best to try the first novel in the trilogy, to see if it meets my expectations Jason Matthews has not disappointed, with his knowledge of the topic and ability to transmit ideas onto the page Nathaniel Nate Nash has been working as a CIA operative to handle an important mole within the Russian Government No one seems to know who it could be or how much information the Americans have garnered, but Russian President Putin is enraged and wants this person found Feeling some of the heat, the CIA takes the opportunity to move Nash out of the region and resettles him in Helsinki Meanwhile, the reader learns all about Dominika Egorova, whose past as a ballerina ended with a freak accident Pulled into the Russian Intelligence sphere by an uncle who works as a senior official within the SVR the KGB s modern day cousin , Egorova is targeted for a high stakes game to retrieve the needed information from Nash Sent to a Sparrow School , Egorova is turned into a seductress, where sexpionage is the name of the game Her skills will be useful if she can lure the mole information from Nash while focussing her attention on his weaknesses After crafting a chance encounter within the Finnish borders, Egorova begins laying her honey trap, but Nash is not taking the bait, at least not in the way she suspects he should Instead, Nash sees a potential to turn Egorova to the Americans and have her feed additional information to the CIA Tensions build and Egorova makes a decision she feels will benefit her in the long run, but sours the relationship with her SVR handlers Forced back to Russia, Egorova is presumed handled in some dank prison, while Nash returns stateside with some valuable information there is a Russian mole within the American intelligence community that could compromise everything The race is on to find this mole before too much can be handed over to the Russians, while also continuing to protect their own information pipeline Egorova has reported some of her news to SVR officials and seeks another chance to finish the work she s started With two moles and significant blowback to come, the American and Russian Intelligence communities are fighting to gain the upper hand in this post Cold War world Two agents, doing what they do best, may end up shaping the final outcome of this explosive game of espionage Who is playing for whom that s anyone s guess Matthews shows how his past as a CIA official can help shape this gripping thriller that opens every conceivable door for the reader to push onwards A trilogy that is sure to impress many, especially those who love a traditional novel of spy games Highly recommended to those with the patience and interest in deep rooted spy novels, a la John Le Carr With this book now a major motion picture and the final novel recently released, I have heard much about it, as it appears all over Goodreads I thought it high time to take a look to see if it might be for me While the beginning was a little dense, I had to remind myself that I am not one who normally reads well crafted spy novels, which seek to forego the superficial banter and develop over time, enriching the reading experience As I pushed onwards, I found myself drawn to both Nate Nash and Dominika Egorova, two players from different spheres whose dedication to the cause cannot be discounted Matthews does well to create elaborate and intriguing backstories for these two particularly Dominika s synesthesia as well as meshing them together in a dance that can only have significant consequences I found myself very interested in the training undertaken by Egorova, sure that this sort of Sparrow School is common than it might seem While many readers may be familiar with the idea of a honeypot mission, Matthews pushes this out of the sweaty sheets and pillow talk, turning the entire undertaking into a slow and methodical game of chess, with two countries staring one another down, unsure how much they know of the other s game plan Additionally, the creation and development of the two moles keeps the reader hooked, as they watch both individuals undertake their respective positions and extract the needed information to pass along Who will be caught and at what price The story is fabulous and develops slowly, but never loses the momentum through a strong narrative and believable dialogue Matthews has done well to personalise the story with insider bits that promote a story that rests on a foundation of fact or does it The reader need not feel they are being spoon fed yet another America vs Russia novel of high stakes and back alley stabbing, but rather a methodical understanding of the world of espionage with results dependent on the risks undertaken With the uncanny use of recipes embedded at the end of each chapter usually related to the food mentioned in the earlier narrative Matthews shows that he has a lighter side and can lure the reader in through their stomachs as well as minds I cannot wait to sink my teeth into the next novel, hoping that the development is as exciting as what Matthews developed here I can see why there was so much hype Matthews knows his stuff and has the literary awards to show for it.Kudos, Mr Matthews, for a stellar debut novel This series could really have some serious potential to win over many who have not yet developed a love for high caliber spy novels.Love hate the review An ever growing collection of others appears at Book for All Seasons, a different sort of Book Challenge


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    MR FLANAGAN Sono d accordo con il critico del NYT Charles Cumming inserire Putin tra i personaggi di questo romanzo un errore, in qualche modo ne mina la credibilit come lo sono le ricette gastronomiche a chiusura di ogni capitolo, meno l ultimo, sia perch smontano la suspense sia perch la ricetta pi leggera pari a diecimila calorie vero per , proprio come scrive Charles Cumming, che questi sono errori marginali.L errore vero tutto il resto, a cominciare dal considerare questo romanzo un buon libro, un notevole debutto narrativo, dal premiarlo, dal recensirlo con entusiasmo.A me ha fatto rimpiangere Le Carr , e Ambler Ma anche perfino Forsyth, o Follett Il che la dice lunga sulle capacit di Jason Matthews.Ne faranno un film e sono certo che sar migliore del romanzo, anche se non c pi Fincher a dirigerlo e chi ha preso il suo posto a Fincher non paragonabile ma il cast buono Rimpiango l abbandono di Rooney Mara, attrice che prediligo, per Jennifer Lawrence non seconda a nessuna.Leggendo questo malloppazzo, mi sono chiesto se John Wayne l avrebbe amato Penso di s gli umori non gli sarebbero alieni, il passero sar anche rosso il titolo originale Red Sparrow , ma i berretti sono sempre verdi, che pi verdi non si potrebbe USA ber alles.Il tutto permeato da una discreta dose di maschilismo, che non guasta mai Eppure anche James Bond interpretato da Daniel Craig diventato pi attento su questo aspetto, meno biecamente sessista.Maschilista anche se la protagonista femminile, Dominika, in pratica un supereroe, o meglio, una super eroina, in quanto il suo potere di vedere auree di colore intorno alle persone, e da qui interpretare l essenza dei comportamenti altrui, anticipare le mosse di chi le sta intorno, sa tanto di dono magico A me sembra kryptonite, invece Matthews lo chiama sinestesia Una conditio sine qua che a me parsa davvero risibile, in assenza della quale la storia non sta in piedi E comunque, alla donna tocca sempre giustificare la sua capacit , la sua bravura, in qualche modo alieno.La spia americana prende in giro quella russa ricordandole l Afghanistan, e la spia russa invece di rispondere Perch , voi invece, che avete fatto in Afghanistan, dov che vi ha spedito Bush , gli rinfaccia il Vietnam Eppure il romanzo ambientato pochi anni fa, le guerre di Bush sono recenti I personaggi sono in numero impressionante, come facile prevedere dato il tipo di storia e data la mole del volume a ciascuno dedicato il racconto di chi sono e da dove vengono, le loro vicende personali pagine e pagine pressoch inutili perch nulla aggiungono alla psicologia degli stessi, alla loro personalit , che rimane confinata a una piatta bidimensionalit tendente alla monodimensione la larghezza.Le banalit , i clich sono tanti, a cominciare da questa sintesi di Roma Roma era tetti ocra e marmo luccicante sotto il sole eterno La situazione peggiora quando arrivano gli spaghetti con la bottarga di muggine, che viene considerata pi buona del caviale russo ma hanno davvero mai sentito l una e l altro , e Matthews dice che la pasta arriva traboccante olio e intingolo Chiss poi perch a Roma si firmano petizioni per salvare le botteghe storiche, chiss perch a noi ci sembra di essere invasi da pizzerie al taglio, paninoteche e negozi d abbigliamento, e invece lo scrittore americano a Monti vede solo panettieri e falegnami.Matthews sparge a piene mani, nel senso di tastiera, gemme di umorismo involontario come questa che segue La telefonata servir anche a fare un po di disinformazione, capisci cosa intendo S , dezinformaciya Esattamente.https www.youtube.com watch v 6Ciq8Altro momento linguistico scelto a caso Hren, cazzate E uno si chiede se le lezioni d inglese di Giacomo di Aldo, Giovanni e nelle vesti di Mr Flanagan siano poi cos diverse Aggiungo perle, secondo me di grottesco involontario Li guardava torvi L orlo del vestito tremava insieme al suo corpo Ricomponiti Non perdiamoci in chiacchiere .L editore divide i gruppi di vocali con gli accapo e la lingua italiana si agita nella tomba.Ogni tanto, finalmente, Matthews si ricorda di aver lavorato nella CIA per 33 anni sua moglie per 34 e regala i momenti migliori.E il meglio in certi dettagli, cui purtroppo Matthews dedica troppo poco tempo i pedinamenti, le perlustrazioni, gli appostamenti Oppure nel trattamento inflitto a Diva nel sotterraneo della prigione e non perch io sia un sadico maniaco, ma perch sono i momenti in cui Matthews dice qualcosa di non scontato, in cui viene fuori la sua esperienza e conoscenza diretta della materia per esempio, nel caso specifico, gli armadi di legno nei quali la rinchiudono durante gli spostamenti lungo i corridoi, da una parte all altra della prigione, se sta per passare un altro prigioniero, il tutto avvisando dell incrocio pericoloso con dei cicalini i prigionieri non devono mai vedersi, un modo per fiaccare ulteriormente il morale del detenuto.Ci nonostante, io, che se non si fosse ancora capito, sono un romantico senza speranza, sono arrivato in fondo alle 500 e passa pagine di banalit simili con voracit per sapere come sarebbe andata a finire tra l uomo e la donna niente nomi, evitiamo spoiler , se l a, o il sesso, o la ragion di stato, quale avrebbe vinto Adesso lo so E passo oltre.Ecco, a marzo esce il film in sala Jennifer Lawrence appare perfetta nella parte La regia di Francis Lawrence, nel cast Joel Edgerton, Matthias Prezzemolo Schoenaerts e Jeremy Irons.


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    I very nearly despaired of finishing this book a couple of times.In one review they compared this book to John Le Carre, I don t think so That was the MAIN reason I picked it up and gave it a go.So slow, so boring, so full of words that said almost nothing Sometimes you get a book very rich in words which tells a rich story, this was not the case, it gave me the impression of the author s infatuation with his capacity to link words in sentences, then in paragraphs, pages, chapters and so on.And the russian Words in russian in every page, all the time, for everything, so exhausting The heroine is introduced as being fluent in various languages, one of them english, yet she always had to resort to russian to say a specific word or phrase, so not so fluent I guess So the author speaks russian then, and wanted to give us some ambiance, not for me you didn t.The story is common, there is absolutely nothing to make it stand out from any other glamourous spy story, far fetched, slow, repetitive, boring, wordy..next


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    Think the Cold War is over Think again I d always had somewhere in me I mean, really, who doesn t an interest in Soviet history and everything Red Army, KGB, Iron Curtain, and Gulag It s one of the greatest stories ever told after all the rise and fall of a mighty and murderous political and geographic monolith that aggressively absorbed many nations and languages and religions into its insatiable machinery in a quest for ultimate global supremacy A nerve wracking Cold War entrenchment would prove a constant counter balancing act with the United States to see which would emerge the most super of two superpowers while the rest of us could do nothing but watch with bated breath to see whether one or both would destroy the world in a conflagration of nuclear annihilation Good times.While it seems like those old Cold War threats and anxieties are in the past, lost to the annals of history and diminished by Soviet collapse, I would venture that there remain a fair number of Russian politicians who think otherwise Dig a little deeper into Putin s presidency and you will find a shocking or perhaps not that shocking at all amount of old school Soviet corruption and megalomania And that s what gives Red Sparrow its sense of urgency and authenticity The author doesn t really have to exaggerate or sensationalize his modern spy game between CIA operatives and Russian SVR agents It s happening In point of fact, it never stopped Names might have changed, there might be a veneer of civility and legality over the top of it all to shine it up for a new century, but in a lot of important ways it s the same shit different day.Author Jason Matthews isn t writing out of his ass either He s been in the spy game for over three decades and served in multiple overseas locations performing clandestine acts and participating in recruitment operations Reading about spy games as they are unfolding in this century is definitely thrilling, though at times because it requires so much description it s easy to become mired in the details Many times while reading the action, I longed to be watching it instead Spy games are extremely visual by their very nature so I did feel that some of the book s potency and terror was lost in the amount of dense prose required to put the reader in that place I couldn t help think about FX s brilliant spy drama The Americans and how it handles drops and communiques, late night rides, expedient kills and ruthlessly efficient body disposal all the impressive since it s done using 80s technology and employing an array of epic wigs After three superb seasons I m truly addicted, especially to the rich emotional depth that simmers beneath its layers of intrigue and counterintelligence techniques So yeah, watching this stuff tends to be way awesome than reading about it The author overcomes this handicap by introducing a great cast of characters to act as our portal into the twisty, exciting narrative, giving us people to care and worry about The stakes are high in these cat and mouse games that aren t games at all of course One wrong move and you re dead, your body likely never to be found I will definitely read the second book in this series, if only to tide me over until The Americans return in January Two quick nit picky thoughts 1 What the hell is up with all the recipes appearing at the end of every single chapter That became a bit annoying only because I really didn t see the purpose, and some of them made me hungry, which would make me stop reading in order to run for the refrigerator.2 Dominika is a kick ass female lead, I really like her a lot, but I wish she didn t have those extra sensory capabilities because it felt like cheating Couldn t she just be kick ass, full stop, with a really well tuned social and emotional intelligence to read people, rather than something that s almost paranormal supernatural


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